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Los Angeles [CD]

Flying Lotus Audio CD
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Flying Lotus’ albums are events. They’re not issued with a mechanic regularity and they don’t subscribe to recognized formulae. For those prone to astral traveling and metaphysical introspection they are another piece of the puzzle. For those, let’s say more ‘conventional’ listeners, the records are grand and ghostly sweeping movements – the sort of ... Read more in Amazon's Flying Lotus Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B00177Z58M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Breathe . Something/Stellar STar 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beginners Falafel 2:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Camel 2:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Melt! 1:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Comet Course 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Orbit 4050:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Golden Diva 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Riot 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. GNG BNG 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Parisian Goldfish 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sleepy Dinosaur 1:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. RobertaFlack (feat. Dolly) 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. SexSlaveShip 2:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Auntie's Harp0:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Testament (feat. Gonja Sufi) 2:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Auntie's Lock/Infinitum (feat. Laura Darlington) 2:440.99  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

Along with the rising profiles of both Scottish producer Rustie and fellow Warp artist Harmonic 313, FlyLo's migration to the Sheffield label for his first full-length release indicates that this strain of instrumental, broken hip hop is whetting aural appetites. Steven Ellison's hometown provides the impetus for a narrative of city life where off-kilter beats, cloaked in ambience, set the soundscape. His is an L.A that threatens; the ominous, static fog of opener Brainfeeder seduces, while Roberta Flack is just sublime.

Where David Holmes' Bow Down To The Exit Sign packed a visceral, urban punch through spoken monologues from corner street dwellers, Ellison's eschewing of M.Cs smacks of confidence. Without lyrical clutter the imagined city is as much the listener's creation as the artist's, a trick that perhaps betrays Ellison's jazz lineage (his aunt is Alice Coltrane).

Prefuse 73's shadow looms large over the wonderfully-monikered Beginners Falafel and the crunchy edits of Camel. That aside, Ellison's deftness of touch, matched with the application of ethereal backdrops that recall EL P's stone cold work with Cannibal Ox, ensure this street storyboard intensifies with each listen. The rabbit-warren, rhythmic freefall of Riot, for example, baits the listener to grapple with its organised chaos.

Tilts of the cap to mainstream hip hop come with a weighty and satisfying abstraction. Melt lifts the drum pattern from Ludacris' Stand Up, treating it to an echo-chamber rework, while the forward-leaning GNG BNG rolls off the back of eighties drum pads before touching hyphy, bollywood and finally a Shadow-esque drum break.

Underpinned by a woozily plucked double bass and a heavenly female vocal, penultimate track Testament echoes most Ellison's sound on 2006's Reset E.P. The analogue bubble bath of swansong Auntie's Lock is a final, brazen challenge to resist this record's charms. --Alex Forster

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Quite simply stunning! Dark, mysterious, twisted, deeply bass thumping, completely and utterly mystically original. What is it about Flying Lotus's sound that really puts the hook in me? His music is the equivalent of a nightmarish psychedelic trip through the London Underground. You are rocked, jolted, rattled and blinded by the complete miasma of sound, noise and off-kilter subterranean bass rhythms. `Los Angeles', Flying Lotus's second long player, is an intricately produced, detailed composition. It is the experimental and maturing sound of black America embracing electronic music, a peculiar brew of thundering Hip Hop beats, Jazz and the blues. In this age of lap top musicians and MP3 DJ's, Flying Lotus literally soars above the competition.

I've not heard anything like it. I very much like it and I implore you to buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly accessible 3 Jun 2012
By Paul
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As I jumped into Flying Lotus' music with Cosmogramma and the Reset EP, I knew that I liked his style of music composition, but he isn't always the most accessible artist to listen to, especially with Cosmogramma. When listening to previews of the tracks on Los Angeles I feared that it was a step to far - each track seemed to be too schizophrenic and the whole album had no particular direction to it.

Fortunately I took the plunge and bought the album, as when listened to in it's entirety they all work very well together. I would actually say that this album works better than Cosmogramma, given that more tracks are allowed to form their own flow before mutating into something else. As such, I'd probably recommend this as a newcomer's first entry point into Flying Lotus. If you like groundbreaking beats you should find a lot to love in this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting 'Ambient' Music 7 Jun 2011
By RoboLab
Format:Audio CD
I listen to this album frequently when studying, writing, coding or reading. It stops me getting bored without being distracting. An excellent record, very intricate and unusual. It might not be to everyone's taste though, so listen to some tracks before you buy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal record 13 Mar 2009
By Ian Shine VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the most absorbing albums I have EVER heard. Crunching sounds are recycled across the record and all the tracks are mixed together to create the sense of one amorphous whole, rather than a series of separate entities slapped together to make an album.
For those who don't know, this is an instrumental hip hop record that evokes the beats of Roots Manuva and Red Snapper, but it's about 10 times more interesting than both of them. The range of sounds and the way they're blended together is gorgeous, danceable, and avant garde. There are elements of glitch on there, and in that respect it recalls the work of Oval, although it is still firmly lodged in the hip hop sphere.
You have to listen to it to understand how transcendently brilliant this record is, and preferably do it on a good pair of headphones.
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